Last night Mr LVS and I popped over to Winchester for the opening of a new restaurant, The Stable.
It was only yesterday afternoon whilst perusing their menu online that we realised we have been to one of their restaurants before in Fistral Beach, Cornwall. We’d really enjoyed their thin, crispy, gourmet pizzas and so were really looking forward to seeing what the Winchester site had to offer.
Housed at 31b The Square in Winchester we arrived to be greeted by a lovely cold glass of Prosecco. A quick scan of the restaurant revealed it was going to be a busy night so we headed over to the last remaining empty table.
The décor of The Stable is very simple, clean, lots of wood and copper accessories (my favourite and oh so on trend) – it has a rustic but polished feel.
The original restaurant was in an actual stable and so the feel has been continued through to the other restaurants. Downstairs there are long family style tables but also smaller more intimate tables for those who prefer them and upstairs something similar.
A special mention has to be given to the wall art.
The Stable specialise in pizzas, pies and cider and boy do they do them well. Thin, crispy sourdough based pizzas topped with fantastic fresh ingredients – every restaurant location has different pizza toppings, making the most of good local produce. The same with the cider. The Stable in Winchester won’t serve the same cider as The Stable in Bridport because they’re all as local as they can be to that location, meaning you can visit every restaurant and never have the same cider!
Samples of pizza were circulated and we managed to try Barkham Blues which was delicious and really showcased the lovely Hampshire blue cheese (I forgot to take picture, I was too busy eating!)
Barkham Blues – herb roasted potato, Barkham Blue cheese, roasted onions, spinach, tomato sauce and mozzarella.
Of course we couldn’t pass up on the cider either. I went for a sweet cider, Lilley’s Bee Sting and Mr LVS for Black Rat West Country Gold both of which went down extremely well.
Our next slice was the Wykehamist Wailer which unfortunately I didn’t hear the waitress describe and took a big mouthful only to find it was covered in Naga chillies (I am the biggest chili phobe). I quickly passed this one over to Mr LVS and even he found it on the hot side!
Wykehamist Wailer – spicy chopped pork, Naga chillies, garlic, red onion, basil, mushrooms, tomato sauce and mozzarella
Luckily for my burning mouth this was swiftly followed by The Billy The Kid which was loaded with soothing goats cheese!
The Billy The Kid – Rosary goats cheese, caramelised onions, mushrooms, spinach, tomato sauce, mozzarella and roasted hazelnuts.
Now I’ll admit I’m not the biggest pizza fan, but last night? Last night I wolfed them down like I’d never been fed before and that’s testament to The Stable’s crispy bases and delicious toppings.
Plus we were treated to a little goodie bag action in a reuseable cotton bag.
Mr LVS and I thoroughly recommend The Stable and we will definitely be going over there again, probably on a Tuesday when they have a fantastic offer of a pizza, side salad and drink for just £10.
The only things I regret from last night? Trying the beetroot cider and not ordering the Nutella pizza!
The Stable Winchester can be found at 31b The Square, Winchester, SO23 9EX.
Don’t panic if you’re not Winchester based, The Stable has restaurants in Bath, Bridport, Bristol, Falmouth, Fistral Beach, Plymouth, Poole Weymouth and coming soon to Southampton.